• Social Work Club

    The Purpose of the Social Work Club at HSU

    1. To facilitate communication and fellowship among the social work majors and faculty
    2. To promote interest in social work issues; and
    3. To promote social action and service both within and outside the campus community.

    Social Work Club Officers for 2017-2018

    • Hannah VanHousen - President
      My name is Hannah VanHousen and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as President for the Social Work Club! I am a senior social work major from North Richland Hills, Texas. I transferred here from a small Christian college in Dallas after my Freshman year, hoping that Hardin-Simmons would be a better fit for me, and it definitely is. Coming to Hardin-Simmons, I thought I would be pursuing a psychology degree, but God had other plans for me and led me to the Social Work department where I found my passion. I am involved on campus and in my community as a part of a home team through Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, a volunteer at Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, Sigma Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, and an active member of the on campus women's social club Alpha Iota Omega. I can't wait to see how God uses the Social Work Club this year to bless and serve Hardin-Simmons as well as the community.
    • Morgan Culpepper - Vice President
      Morgan CulpepperMy name is Morgan Culpepper and I am thrilled to serve my fellow students as Vice President for the Social Work Club! I attended high school in Abilene, but was blessed to live in various states and countries growing up. I am a junior at HSU and am pursuing my passion to help others by being a Social Work major! I am excited and open to whatever the Lord will lead me to with Social Work, because I know no matter what I will be making a difference. Along with Social Work Club, I also serve as a Resident’s Assistant in Blanche Lange with second year students and enjoy being involved on campus. In the community, I attend Broadview Baptist Church and volunteer with the youth ministry. I can’t wait to be more involved with the Social Work Club and see the amazing things God does with our group!
    • Sabra Zullo - Secretary
      Sabra ZulloI am Sabra Zullo, a junior in the Social Work program, and will be representing the Social Work club as your very own secretary! I am currently a cheerleader, lover of Jesus, polar bears, popcorn, coca-cola, and fashion! I have to tell you, I have found a passion in Social Work, and hope to help you as well throughout all the events that are to come this following year! My mission is to improve the activity of all members in the social work program as a whole and I'm so get ready to get involved!
    • Emily (Fitzhugh) Gurley - Chaplain
      Emily GurleyMy name is Emily (Fitzhugh) Gurley and I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as Chaplain for the Social Work Club! I am a senior Social Work major and Leadership minor from Abilene, Texas. My family has a long history at Hardin-Simmons so I grew up coming to campus and knowing its mission. When it came time to select a college, I knew Hardin-Simmons would fit me perfectly. I love Hardin-Simmons and the caring connections with professors and students. I have developed a passion for serving people through my future profession. My Leadership Studies complement my social work program because I have the confidence to organize, advocate, and persuade others to "be the change" we want to see in the world. Also at HSU, I met, dated, and married my sweet husband, Tyler. I would not trade the memories I have made at HSU for anything. My volunteer experience includes serving as a “Big” for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, advocating for Noah Project, and serving on Mission Teams in Ecuador, Ireland, and inner city Dallas. I am an active member at Beltway Park Church, where I volunteer with the middle school youth. Professionally, I am interested in working with children and families and I am very passionate about helping at-risk children through social work in the schools or in the foster care system. I am excited about working with others who share my passion for this field through the Social Work Club.
    • Chantal Rugagaza - Treasurer
      Chantal Rugagaza(3)My name is Chantal Rugagaza, I am from the Republican Democratic of Congo. I been in the United States for 10 years. 2018 will be my junior year as a Social Worker major here at Hardin-Simmons. I am very passionate about helping people mostly children and families. I am so excited to serve as the treasurer next year.
    • Gracie Davis - Photographer
      Gracie DavisMy name is Gracie Davis and I’m super excited to be the photographer for the Social Work Club this year! I am a sophomore from Abilene, Texas. I came to Hardin-Simmons hoping to get a degree in graphic design, but I believe social work is what I am meant to pursue. I am an art minor, and I am looking forward to seeing how I can bring my love for art into not only the Social Work Club at HSU, but also my future career as a social worker. I am very happy to be a part of the Social Work Club, and I can’t wait to get more involved with Hardin-Simmons and our community!

    Social Work Club Newsletter

    Newsletter Fall 2017

    Club Meeting Dates

    Unless specified otherwise, all Social Work Club Meetings will be held from 12:00-1:00pm in the 3D Building on the corner of Hickory and Ambler:  

    • September 6, 2017 Social Work Orientation in MC 108A 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • September 7, 2017 Back to School Ice Cream Social on Anderson Lawn 6:00pm-7:30pm
    • October 5-7, 2017 NASW Texas Conference in Galveston
    • October 11, 2017 Club Meeting at 3D 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • November 8, 2017 Club Meeting at 3D 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • January 24, 2018 Social Work Orientation in MC 108A 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    • February 14, 2018 Club meeting at 3D 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • March - Social Work Month
    • March 7, 2018 Club meeting at 3D 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • March 23 & 24, 2018 Champion for Children Conference Abilene Convention Center
    • March 26, 2018 Student Day at Legislature in Austin
    • April 11, 2018 Club meeting for Election of New Officers at 3D 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • April 26, 2018 Social Work & Sociology Banquet TBD
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